Try not to call it a cane. Instead, calling this assistive device a "walking stick" or even a "trekking stick" evokes more positive images of youth, vigor, and an active lifestyle. This handy object can assist you in easing many types of pain. All the way down the chain, from the low back to the feet, a walking stick can reduce the stress and strain that comes with everyday activities or a walk in the woods.
Researchers in Australia recently showed that the use of a cane reduced the load on the knee by 10%. By reducing knee joint stress, the pain, swelling, and stiffness is less likely to become debilitating. Knee arthritis plagues many people who line up for knee replacement surgery. That surgery can be postponed and activities can continue with a little help from a walking stick or two. That's right, two. Some of the most avid hikers in the world use two trekking sticks to help support their bodies over the uneven terrain. Not only does this technique reduce the load on ...
This study showed that a single injection of a nerve-blocking agent can be used for pain control after a total knee replacement (TKR). The femoral nerve block (FNB) is given when the patient is anesthetized for the operation. The femoral nerve is blocked with a loss of sensation to the front and inner part of the knee. The effects last 12 to 16 hours. There were two groups in this study. All patients were getting a TKR. The first group had anesthesia and a FNB. The second group had anesthesia and a fake nerve block (only saline was injected). During the first 24 hours after the operation, patients with the FNB (Group A) asked for less painkillers than patients who didn't get the nerve block (Group B). Group A also used less morphine during their stay in the hospital. No other differences were seen between the two groups. Both groups had the same results in rehab and stayed in the hospital about the same number of days. The authors conclude that pain after a TKR can be managed with a sin...
Neuropathy - distal median nerve
Pain in the wrist or hand that wakes you up at night
May be severe Pain may be felt in other areas, for example in the upper arm (this is called referred pain)
Sensation changes in the thumb and pointer (index), middle, and part of the ring fingers, such as:
Weakness of the hand that causes you to:
Drop things Have difficulty grasping objects
Signs and tests
Your doctor will examine your wrist and ask questions about your medical history. The examination may show decreased sensation in the thumb side of the hand. This is called the "radial" side. There may be weakness of the thumb and difficulty using it to pinch.
Tests that reveal distal median nerve dysfunction may include:
Nerve conduction tests
Tests are ...
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